OBEDIENCE BEGATS MATURITY

“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way — never have and never will.  

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture.  

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies,  tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. “2 Cor 10:3-6

 

Since the beginning of this month, the Lord has been gracious tobring our way the theme: Total Obedience.  

This cannot be overlooked  if we desire a fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3). Our walk with the Father only becomes true when we are willing to listen to him while he speaks (1 Sam 3:10), carry out instructions as it comes (Gen. 12:2) and the innate attentiveness for his pruning at his feet (Luke 10:39a).

For every bible character that keyed into this, grew in knowledge of Christ as well as became spiritually upright. The revelation of Christ only becomes possible when we are constantly doing the Father’s bidding.  Our Lord God is not interested in the number of times you arrived fellowship first neither is he interested in the best of robes you adorn every service day.

He IS KEENLY INTERESTED IN SOULS WHO ARE SOLELY YIELDED TO HIM. The father will require only those willing to go through him cause he is the way, truth and life. He shows the path (John 14;6) , teaches in love (Heb 12:6)  and disseminates life in abundance (John 10:10).

This world is unprincipled, so says Apostle Paul. I strongly believe it. The world we live in is full of those who want to bring others down to excel.

Let me digress a bit. For any careful observer of Nigeria politics, you will agree that the current politicking towards the appointment of ministers for the Federal Government has become very dirty. There have been claims, counter-claims, character assassination and piggish fights on every front.  That is the world system.

But the system we operate in is that of the Spirit which daily requires our pruning by the horticulturist, breaking by those at the quarrying site and incubation by the master incubator, CHRIST.

When this takes place, maturity in things of the SPIRIT becomes inevitable.  Samuel was naïve. He couldn’t distinguish the voice of the priest from the Father. However, the moment he got the rhema, he didn’t look back. When the voice called him again, hear his response: “

  Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

 

Samuel was one who had been in the house of the Lord for a while but was unable to hear clearly from the Lord. He refused to stay at that level. So, he sought for help. Most times we are very quick to continue in our deceit in church. Most times, we want to keep talking, exhorting and showing dint of braggadocio in church, on the pulpit and while speaking to fellow believers.

Most believers see the church as a dumpsite to pour what the Father taught them in their personal quiet time. That is pure deception. No wonder you will hear something like: “While I was having my quiet time” talk.  Can we leave out such?  The Father will require we do more of listening than talking.  Can we come to a level where we will always seek to know more.  Until we come to the level of helplessness, God will never help. Samuel sought help and he got.

 

According to Brother James this should be our guide: “Dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear” (James 1:19-20).

 

Abraham’s walk with sky-rocketed the moment he took out of his comfort zone to an unknown destination (Gen 12:2). From then onwards, he began experiencing the dealings of the Father.

 

These made him mature in Christ, earned respect from God and men. No wonder, he would not let pride set in but sought for peace between him and his nephew, Lot (Gen. 13:8). However, most of us still live in the era of pride. The place of obedience dispels self, pride and dispute.

 

Martha was the busy-bee. Mary was the seeker of truth, way and life. When this two collided, we came to understand that Mary’s occupation was superior(Luke 10:42). Enough of running round the church to please the president, executives and pretend to be spiritual in the eyes of fellowship members.  Only by this can we attain maturity in Christ.

 

 

 

 

Welcome, Our Alumni Body Convener

 

It is a privilege to have in our midst our dogged, rugged and dynamic Alumni Body Convener, Pastor Timilehin Odeyale.

 

Having served as a prayer co-ordinator and president of this fellowship at some point, indeed he has been instrumental to where FSF UNILAG is today.

 

Welcome sir!

My predecessor’s predecessor.

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Sunday!

 

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL OBEDIENCE 2

THEME: TOTAL OBEDIENCE
TOPIC: TOTAL OBEDIENCE 2
TEXT: ACTS 5:29-32
DATE: 19|08|15
AIM: Our obedience to God be in reverence and not fear

INTRODUCTION
Our reason for coming to fellowship should be to know more about Jesus. It should be that we are constantly fed God’s word. Heb 10:25 says we ought to encourage one another each time we gather.
Last week, we examined the resoluteness of apostles to obeying God. This single-mindedness was demonstrated twice (Acts 4:18-20, 5:29-32). Also, we took a look at the book of Samuel (1Sam 15) where Saul chose to be obedient to men rather than God.

OBEDIENCE TO WHAT?
For us to be obedient there must be an instruction. Man is a product of influence, a product of instructions (Jer 10:23). In Gen 41, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, we saw that total obedience caused them to be in abundance.

HOW GOD DOES SPEAK?
Elijah expected God to speak in certain ways, but it wasn’t so (1Kings 19:9-14). We expect God to direct us in the way we think. Most times when we are looking for the spectacular, we miss the supernatural.
Man is described as spirit, soul and body (1Thess 5:23). God does not lead man by feelings. The body responds to feelings, the mind responds to intellect. Being led by the spirit of God is to be led in my spirit. We can’t contact God with our eyes or ears or mind, but by the spirit of God (1Cor 2:7-10).
The two unbiased ways to receive instructions from God are:
1. Meditation on the Word (Jos 1:8, Col 3:16, 1Tim 4:15-16, Jam 1:22-25)
2. Prayer (Eph 6:18, Rom 12:12, Phil 4:6, Heb 5:7)

CONCLUSION
God’s leading is our priority. He guides and leads us in the way that we should go (Psalm 32:8). Every one of God’s children is entitled to God’s leading and direction (Rom 8:14). But, not every one of God’s children listens to God’s leading.
It is never old school to obey the leading of the spirit (Prov 3:5-6). It is better to be slower than God than to be faster than him.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
I’m led by the Spirit,
I have the Light of Life,
I don’t walk in darkness,
I walk in the Light,
I’m obedient to the Word.

QUESTIONS

TOTAL OBEDIENCE 1

THEME: TOTAL OBEDIENCE
TOPIC: TOTAL OBEDIENCE 1
TEXT: ACTS 5:29-32
AIM: Our obedience to God be in reverence and not in fear

INTRODUCTION
The Word of God is in a person: Jesus. (John 1:1, 14). The Bible is thus being referred to as the word of God because it testifies of a person; it speaks expressly about the person of Christ. The bible is the written word and Jesus, is the Living word. The written word testifies about the living word. (Luke 24:44-45)
A proper bible study which entails rightly dividing the word of truth, (2Tim 2:15) is thus one that sees Jesus as the singular message of the scriptures. The truth is a person and that person is Jesus. (John 8:32, 14:6)

OVERVIEW
Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to empower the disciples to be witnesses (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4). Thus, we are not surprised to learn that they proceeded to witness in great power (Acts 2:38,41, 3:6). However, their witnessing did not go unnoticed or unopposed. It led to great controversy. Luke in the book of Acts of the Apostles provided considerable detail about both the witness and the opposition. This was the second time the apostles expressed their resoluteness to obeying God. (Acts 4:18-20, 5:29-32)

OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN 1Sam 15
Obedience is the act of following instructions, complying with rules, or submitting to authority.
a. The instruction v3
b. The implementation given v7-9
c. The interest Saul expressed v13
d. The inadequate obedience v 19-20
e. The influence of Men v 15,24
Peter (1Pet 1:14) calls believers obedient Children. We should obey man only in so far that in obeying him, we also obey God. (Eph 6:1).

CONCLUSION
Our obedience is always to an instruction. Thus, there is a need for us to constantly receive instructions from God for us to obey Him. God’s will for us as believers is to be led by the spirit. Not by circumstances, conditions, occurrences, situations, environments, etc.
John 8:12, says that Jesus is the light of the world and John 1, calls Him the Word of God. i.e., the word of God is the light of the world. Therefore, for me to walk in light and not walk in darkness, I must know the word.

TODAY’S CONFESSION

 

QUESTIONS
a. How does being obedient differ from being submissive?
b. To what extent am I to obey man?
c. From 1sam 15, determine the nature of pressures that led Saul to disobey.

PRAISE & WORSHIP III

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP III
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

PREAMBLE
As Christians, we must keep learning and keep making discoveries of what belongs to us in Christ. Different people have different ideas. But, we need to understand that the bible is our authority. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus went to the house of Martha. Martha was concerned about serving Jesus, but Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Sat at the feet is a term used for learning. Many of us are busy with some many things, such that we have less time to learn from the bible. One thing is needful. Spend your time with the word.

FROM PREVIOUS LESSONS
In John 4:22, Jesus made a statement that we need to take note of “Ye worship ye know not what”. That means you can practise a lot of things but lack understanding. Knowledge is so important.
So, in previous weeks, we have been studying what worship really is, what it entails, how it is being done, how a believer ought to do it, what worshipping in spirit and truth means, amongst others. This week we will dive into praise, looking at what it means, and how it is different from worship if at all it is.

PRAISE
Praise is an action. It means to express approval or admiration especially through words. It consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth. (Rev. 4:11, Rev. 5:12)

SOME DETAILS OF PRAISE
1. Praise magnifies the object of the word (Luke 1:46)
2. Praise should be done in rejoicing (Phil 4:4)
3. Praise can accompany prayer (Col 1:3)

PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS
(Eph 5:19, Col 3:16)

In the New Testament, Psalms is used in two ways.
1. For the writings of David
(Luke 20:42, Luke 24:44, Acts 1:20, Acts 2:25, Acts 13:33)

2. For a piece of music to the Lord.
(1Cor. 14:26, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Jam. 5:13)

In (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26), we see that Jesus and the disciples sang hymns after the Passover. In (Acts 16:25), Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God.

A Psalm is a hymn which is a spiritual song. While praise may not be singing, our singing should be praise. We are to sing praises to God.
We do not necessarily sing the psalms of David anymore but we sing the fulfilment of Jesus in the psalms.

CONCLUSION
Just like we have studied that our worship to God is our Christian service. Jesus spoke about a new order of worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Then, worship should be the attitude in our praise. Therefore, not praise and worship but a praise that is worshipful.
As believers, we offer sacrifices of praise through Jesus (Heb. 13:15). Our giving of thanks and rejoicing, should be in Christ (Col 3:17, Phil 3:3).

TODAY’S CONFESSION
I sing praises to your name, for your name is great and greatly to be praised.

QUESTIONS
a) How is praise related to worship?
b) In what better way can I make use of the psalms now?
c) How best can I praise God?

PRAISE & WORSHIP II

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP II
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

FROM LAST WEEK

The bible is a Christocentric book, it testifies of Jesus (John 5:39). Wrong interpretation of the scripture produces wrong information, wrong information produces wrong thinking, wrong thinking produces wrong confession, wrong confession produces wrong action, and wrong action produces wrong result. Our understanding of the scripture is we seeing everything in the Light of Christ (Luke 24:45).
Last week, we saw how that our worship as believers isn’t about singing slow songs but rather Christian service. It is our service, adoration, gratitude and as well honour to God. Also we saw that in worship, it is not worship that elevates the object of worship. Rather, the object of worship is in an elevated status hence, the worship.

OFFERING: THE BASIS ELEMENT IN WORSHIP
Due to the fall of man, man began to seek forgiveness of sins. Thus, offering blood sacrifices for propitiation i.e. to appease, to conciliate. (Gen 8:20, Gen 22:5).

JESUS’ BLOOD, THE PERFECT OFFERING

The offering of the old testament was symbolic of Jesus offered for us (Heb. 9:11-12)

Jesus’ blood purifies our conscience (Heb 10:1-5)
Jesus went in on our behalf. (Heb. 6:20, Heb 9:12)
Jesus sacrifice was once and for all (Heb 10:2,10-14)
Sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary (Heb. 10:17-18)

OUR BODIES IN SERVICE
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19, 1Cor 3:16)
It has been bought with a price (1Cor 6:20, 1Cor 7:23)
We are to honour (worship) God with it (1Cor 6:20)
We are to present it in service to God (Rom 12:1)

 

CONCLUSION
The man who comes through Jesus (i.e. a man in Christ) is perfect, sanctified and is a true worshipper (Heb. 13:15). When a man is born of the spirit, he is a true worshipper based on what Jesus has done. Our singing is valid not because of the melodies neither is it valid because of the harmony but it is valid only because of Christ offering.
As believers, if we look at the value of our worship to God today, we look at the value of the blood of Jesus. Jesus’ offering has qualified our bodies to serve God (1Pet 2:5). Thus whatever we do with our body, we are accountable for.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
Now that I am in Christ, I choose to Worship God with my body.

QUESTIONS
Based on our study so far,
1. What can be deduced from the discussion Jesus had with the Samaritan Woman in John 4?
2. Explain the term “Worship”.
3. What makes our worship acceptable

PRAISE & WORSHIP I

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP I
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

INTRODUCTION
In this day and age, a lot of frivolities which ought not to, especially with things that have to do with the Christian faith have been surfacing. We realize that people do things with wrong motives, even when it comes to worshiping God. Some say that worship is singing slow songs while praise is singing fast songs. As touching Christian practices, the scripture should be the basis i.e. where we draw instructions as to how they should be done. (2Tim. 3:16) says all scripture is inspired of God, (2Pet. 1:21) says it is borne by the Holy Spirit. Our lifestyle and conduct is expected to root from it.

LAW OF FIRST MENTION
The very first mention of the word worship in the scripture was when Abraham was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering at the region of Moriah (Gen 22:2,5). He called it worship. So, we see clearly that it had nothing to do with singing.
IT’S MEANING
Worship is translated in Hebrew as shachah , while the Greek translation is proskuneo. They both mean depress, bow down, prostrate mainly reflexively in homage to royalty or God (Exo. 4:31). It can be summarised as an honourable action to pay obeisance.
Whatever must be worshipped must be held in awe. Worship does not elevate the God. Rather, God is in an elevated status hence the worship. An example is the case of Jesus’ birth when the wise men called him king of the Jews and they fell down and worshiped him (Matt 2:2,11). The worship did not make him the king of the Jews but was to acknowledge His kingship over the Jews.

SOME INS AND OUTS OF TRUE WORSHIP
The Father seeks such John 4:23
God alone deserves it Rev 4:10-11
Humility is essential Jam 4:6
Only one with nature of God (born of the spirit) can offer such John 3:5
The state of the heart is important in worship Matt 15:8-9, Prov 23:7
 Worship involves an offering i.e. something given (Heb.10:1-2) the offering they brought was why they were called worshippers.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION
Worshiping God in Spirit and in truth is not just singing or dancing as we have seen, but Christian service. An example is in (Luke 2:36-37). We presenting our bodies a living sacrifice is what Paul calls our reasonable service (Rom 12:1). The most important thing is that we worship God in Spirit (based on God’s nature) and in truth (Christ John 14:6)

Worship that is accepted by God is a privilege unique to the Christian (1 Pet 2:5). As we will see in subsequent lessons, it is not a right rather it is based on what Christ has done.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
As one in Christ, the reason I live is to worship God.

QUESTIONS
a. What does God want me to understand most about Himself?
b. What does God want me to understand most about others?
c. What does God want me to understand most about myself? And in light of all this, what would He have me do?

Supernatural versus Spectacular

The men of this world are moved by signs. They are curious to see something out of this world tickle their fancy. Only when it is fanciful will the men of this world glorify in it. When the reverse becomes the case, it is termed as not true.

This trait exhibited by men can be termed the endless search of the spectacular.  Spectacular. Sensational.  Striking. These are the rudiments of the world.

As a trained journalist, I am made to know that it is only sensational news that sells. That is what the world wants to know. It is only when it is striking can people of the world rejoice in it.

What must we do?

People of this world only struggle to experience the spectacular. We as Christians must be determined to experience the supernatural. The supernatural works for us when we submit wholly.

The supernatural does not show off. What the supernatural does is never to make noise. Rather, the supernatural does what is needed per time.

Elijah can testify of how well the Lord left the wind, earthquake and fire to speak with him in a still small voice (I Kings 19:12-13).

Wherever Jesus went about on earth he was only doing well (Acts 10:38). He always relied on the supernatural. Never did he seek to curry favor nor act out of this world to please the people.

How the Supernatural worked for them John 21: 1-14

They had embarked on a journey to catch the biggest fish their nets could take. Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel and the sons of Zebedee went on this journey. Peter, being the ring leader was able to pull the crowd needed for the expedition.

But the spectacular did not happen. They toiled all night. They caught nothing. What a pity. They denied sleep, left the comfort of their cozy beds, left the teachings of Jesus and decided to go fishing. Their experience must have been a nail-biting one.

Alas, Jesus stood at the shore and they knew not. Most of us go for the spectacular turning blind eyes to the appearing of God on our behalf. Most times we want to do things our way yet Jesus is there to assist. We want to do the mathematics on our own accord but yet the greatest teacher, THE SEAL is left out.

Jesus, being merciful called out to them. “Children, have ye any meat?” When they answered in the negative, Jesus was able to help their plight.  He understood the topography of the river.

The supernatural came into being. The fishermen totally obeyed Jesus.  Due to their obedience, they caught great fishes (John 21:11). In total, one hundred and fifty three was the number caught in one try when Jesus arrived in the morning.

The darkest part of the night is the hour before dawn. The toughest times we face are just a leap to the enjoyment awaiting our breakthrough.  We must never run faster than the one who has organized the race.

We must wait on him, look unto him and be like him. That is all that is required for us to be partakers of the SUPERNATURAL… (Isa 40:31, Heb. 12:2, Phil 2:5)

 

Relationship

This is a topic many Christians miss out on. It is the desire of our Father for us to have a good relationship experience.

Most times, we Christians become blind to these and enter into wrong communion which in the long run mars our fellowship with the Father.

How well we get our relationship right, we get our standing with God right.

Dear Brother, despite physical attributes, a woman who will not take you nearer to God is not fit for you.

Dear Sister of God, a man in possession of all the goodies-best of cars, money, houses, good job and good looking without Jesus will take you closer to hell.

Why not let God be the centre of every relationship.

You know his is the best and you can’t get anything less. (Jer. 29:11).

May we not fall in love.

Rather we will continually walk in HIS Love.

Happy Relationship Sunday!

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

Just Do It

Have you ever wondered what happened at Cana of Galilee? Reason why there was a clear instruction to the servants in John 2:5?

That instruction tells a lot.

The mother of Jesus was present at the marriage which also Jesus got special invitation to attend. This same man was the one who was looked for around the city after a glorious service one fateful day (Luke 2:43).

The child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem as recorded in the scriptures.  His tarrying resulted in his increase (Luke 2:52). Remember, you must always learn to tarry at the Masters’ feet so that you will not be worried in the face of difficulties.

With his tarrying and successful advancement in wisdom, Jesus needed not to entertain any fear in John 2 at the marriage. Mary, the sister of Lazarus also learnt the principle of tarrying in Luke 10:42. So, one lesson to draw here is the PRINCIPLE OF TARRYING. The place of tarrying produces strength, wisdom, favour and dispels worry.

Therefore, the child whom people looked down on became one who will always get invitations to places in the city. TARRYING.  Same applies to us. Pursuing pleasures of this world will take away the opportunity of savoring the pleasures at the right time. Fondling with God’s temple at dark corners on the campus of University of Lagos and beyond will take away the joy of your wedding night and the enjoyment accrued everlasting.

His presence at the wedding was because he was invited (John 2:2). Together with his disciples they stormed the venue. Those who invited him believed in his potential to save at trying times. How well do we involve our Father in our living? Do we invite him to steer our life daily or we feel we can do it alone?

We trust in our ability to do rightly. Far be it from us to take it upon ourselves to do what only the Father can do. Jesus is made unto us by God wisdom. (1 Cor 1:30) Therefore lean not on your own understanding. Believe in the power of        God to lead you through.
Now, the big one. The principle of obedience played out at Cana. The servants had a warning on the need to obey solely what Jesus will instruct they do to get wine for the guests. Obedience could turn impossible especially when what you are asked to do might sound ‘foolish’.

Obedience might come unto you as impossible because your mind has a fixed path to take. It might seem as if results won’t be gotten through that method. But the Father requires we obey blindly. We are expected to follow without batting an eyelid.

Is this possible? Oh yes. The servants would have scuttled the miracle of the wine if they disbelieved. They only did as instructed by Jesus. Can we from this day be like these servants at Cana? Can we for once drop our human imaginations, calculations and permutations?

Can we just do it? Just doing it as instructed by the Father is what is expected.

Just Do It! There are blessings accrued to Just doing it.

Don’t miss out.

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

Ever Learning Christ in Obedience

It’s a new month.

Already, it is nine wonderful days in the month of August. This month, the Father will have us examine the current state of our HEART unto him.

He requires we bring to the fore the essence of our service unto HIM. Just as Apostle Paul urged those at Corinth to examine themselves, there is a call for us as well to do so (2 Cor 13:5).

In service unto God, learning of Him is the basis. The church is essentially built to learn Christ. Ever learning Christ is therefore a daily pursuit without end. The learning of Christ is beyond our daily study of the Scriptures.

There is a coming into TRUTH expected of us. However, the last days as recorded by Apostle Paul to his son, Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:1-17 aptly notes the ever learning of believers and their inability to come into the knowledge of the truth.

The Truth is Christ. Speaking in the Gospel according to John, Jesus saith unto him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” How well are we learning Christ?

Learning Christ produces the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of him. Obeying Christ’s leading helps we enter higher spiritual realms.

In Learning Christ, there is a place of being with him. Acts 4:13 noted that the boldness of Peter and John was as a result of been with Jesus and coming into the knowledge of the Truth.

How patient are you to let the Lord Ride on you?

How well are you letting the quarry site of the master grind and break you into HIS desired bits? Or are you one of such that jump out half-baked when the Lord is yet to be through? The Lord is interested in us. He is interested in our growth.

In Luke 2:52, Jesus grew in wisdom and stature also should we. There is also a stature we must attain in obedience.

The Spirit of God will have us totally yield unto him for him to be effective in our walk with the Father.

NaFFS Co-ordinator’s Visit

This is the first of its kind for us at FSF UNILAG.
It is a great privilege to have our aggressive and dynamic National Co-ordinator, National Fellowship of Foursquare Students (NaFFS), Pastor Samuel Adedigba Adebowale (SAA)

We love you and there is absolutely nothing you can do than love us back.

Welcome!

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA